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MD JUCO Team Preview: Anne Arundel CC


Kyle Campbell
Maryland Scouting Director

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JUCO programs across the state of Maryland began preseason practices back in early January. As the calendar quickly turns and with several teams getting ready to open up their 2019 campaigns in the next few weeks, we begin our coverage of the Maryland JUCO Conference with a preseason preview of all fourteen schools. In each preview, we will take a look back at the 2018 season, examine key players that have moved on or left the program, look at some new faces and key players for the upcoming season, and finally take a sneak peak at whats ahead for the 2019 season. We continue our preseason previews with a look at the Anne Arundel CC Riverhawks.

 

Anne Arundel CC 2019 SEASON PREVIEW

Head Coach: Chris Jenkins (3rd Season) k
Mascot: Riverhawks
2018 Record: 18-23
2018 MD JUCO Finish: 8th Place
2018 DII Region XX Finish: Lost in the second game of the Opening Round.
Twitter Handle: @AACC_Baseball
CLICK HERE to view the Anne Arundel CC Baseball Website
CLICK HERE to view the Anne Arundel CC 2019 Baseball Schedule
CLICK HERE to view the Anne Arundel CC 2019 Baseball Roster

 

2019 PBR JUCO NATIONAL PRESEASON RANK: NR

 

Returning Players with 2018 Postseason Honors

None

 

Returning Starters: 4

PLAYER POS GP AVG OBP SLG R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
Blake Rebstock OF 35 .198  .381  .229  26  19  13  16 
Chris Clyde 3B 38 .275  .302  .492  24  33  11  23  10 
Ryan Key C/UTL 28 .268  .438  .268  13  15 
Ian Sterling SS/2B 39 .159 .355 .171 15 13 1 0 0 7 11

 

Returning Pitchers: 1

PLAYER POS APP W L S IP H R ER BB K ERA
John Iaquinta RHP 12 2 2 0 50.1 53 39 33 26 41 5.90

 

Key Losses

PLAYER POS GP AVG OBP SLG R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
Dustin Gosnell SS 36  .346  .378  .474  11  27  11 
Sam Ryan OF 37  .353  .442  .479  34  42  21  17 
Brady Ward C 37 .308 .403 .475 24 37 12 1 2 30 13
PLAYER POS APP W L S IP H R ER BB K ERA
Dustin Gosnell RHP 13  53.1  47  27  18  27  76  3.04 
Brady Helinski RHP 19 1 3 4 38.0 47 36 21 18 22 4.97
Ryan Richardson LHP 10 3 1 0 33.2 32 21 17 15 37 4.54
Dominic Stanbery RHP 17 4 1 0 32.0 33 26 21 16 35 5.91

 

Dustin Gosnell (University of Maryland - Baltimore County)
Connor Graham (Central Penn College)
Brady Helinski (Stevenson University)
Ryan Richardson (Southern Vermont College)
Brady Ward (Hood College)

 

Top Newcomers

Drew Ehrlich C/OF Gilman (MD) / Villanova  University
Caleb Musco
RHP Home School (MD)
Andrew Revels SS/2B Chesapeake-AA (MD) / Mount St. Mary's University
John Shupe INF Long Reach (MD)
Shelby Wheeler OF Annapolis (MD)

 

Key Players for 2019

Drew Ehrlich (Fr.) C/OF Gilman (MD) / Villanova  University
John Iaquinta (So.) RHP Severna Park (MD)
Caleb Musco (Fr.) RHP Home School (MD)
Noah Rafsky (So.) OF Granite Baptist (HI)
Blake Rebstock (So.) OF Chesapeake-AA (MD)
Andrew Revels (So.) SS/2B Chesapeake-AA (MD) / Mount St. Mary's University
Shelby Wheeler (Fr.) OF Annapolis (MD)

 

2019 Committed Players

None at this time.

 

2019 Season Snapshot

Third year head coach Chris Jenkins will have his work cut out for him in 2019. The Riverhawks lose arguably their three best bats from a year ago in Dustin Gosnell (UMBC), Sam Ryan, and Brady Ward (Hood College). Gosnell and Ryan both garnered All-Maryland JUCO 2nd Team honors and Gosnell also doubled as the team's ace throwing 53 and one-third innings on the mound while striking out 76 batters. Anne Arundel also loses RHP Brady Helinski, LHP Ryan Richardson, and RHP Dominic Stanbery whom combined made 46 appearances on the mound in 2018. 

Third basemen Chris Clyde returns after leading the team in slugging percentage and home runs last season. Helping Clyde lead the offense in 2019 will be returners Ryan Key, Noah Rafsky, Blake Rebstockand sophomore transfer Andrew Revels (Mount St. Mary's). Freshman Shelby Wheeler and Villanova transfer Drew Ehrlich also figure to play a big role in this year's lineup. Look for RHP John Iaquinta to step into Gosnell's role as the team's number one starter in 2019. The sophomore started ten games last season and threw 50 and one-third innings. Helping to anchor the staff will be freshman RHP Caleb Musco.

Jenkins may have a somewhat younger and unproven squad this year but he gets the most out of his players and they are always a team to reckon with come tournament time. The Riverhawks advanced to the NJCAA Region XX DII Final Four Round in Jenkins' first year and came up just short of a return trip to the weekend double-elimination tournament last season losing a one-run ballgame to CCBC Catonsville (7-6). Expect this team to grow over the course of the season and make some noise once again in the Region XX Tournament.

 

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